For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That is not just physics. It is also political. And I think we will be starting to see the reaction to total control of politics by Republican in the Commonwealth to change back to Democrats in the coming years beginning this election.

Speaking at a news briefing last Friday, November 20, 2020 over KKMP radio, Governor Torres recognized this reality that is why his whole message of the election results was to beg the nine Democratic Party-elect legislative candidates, to work with his corrupted administration to help him fulfill his failed promised to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Any objective listener would conclude that Governor Torres’s appeal sounds incriminatingly desperate. Perhaps he may even be suffering from and experiencing delusional disorder or misleading effects of perception after the citizens of the Commonwealth rejected his disgraceful leadership.

In the last four years, Governor Torres was jovially “milking the sacred cow” for all its worth to feed his greed and satisfy his hunger for financial gain and personal aggrandizements. He cares less for those of us who were outside of his mainstream elites. Since the very beginning when he first got elected to the House, he has masked a fake public persona. Now that voters have rendered their verdict for his removal from office for egregious and unethical conduct, instantly he realized that he failed his citizens for the promises he did not fulfill. However unbelievably it was, he is asking his political adversary to help him bring honor to his office and rescue him from disgrace. This is an implied admission of political ineptitude and perhaps even legal culpability.

Ironically, the Governor can’t even convince his own Republican Party mates to help him redeem himself from his own detestable misdeeds before the election. Now that voters have clearly spoken about his conduct and infectious leadership, suddenly the grave sufferings of our citizens become his most important priority. This is would have been a laughable matter if it wasn’t truly a sad and tragic turn of event for a young man full of ambition and potential but his acts of greed and lust for power not only failed him, it makes him dispensable.

Lamenting on the tragic downfalls of leaders who fell prey to the toxic power of greed and lust, Michael Short a British linguist wrote, “Some things transcend politics and policy and the lust for power. Truth, honesty, decency and fairness are immutable values. They are the ethnical substance of life. They ought to be cherished. To sell them out is to sell one’s soul.”

As a fellow citizen of this evolving Commonwealth and one who was born and raised in a culturally empathic community and from a close-knit family, I am conditioned to be tolerant. And surely, I have tolerated the “good” and the “bad” decisions and actions of Republican leaderships in the 32 years of their administration.  As much as I wanted to empathize with the misfortune of Governor Torres, I can’t no longer absorb and tolerate the ugliness of the Governor’s endless infidelity to ethical adherence and reckless disregard for the rule of law. Moreover, our people have clearly spoken against dishonest and knavish leaders and their expressed will must be carried out by those who pledged for justice to all. 

The writer is vice chairman of the NMI Democratic Party.

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